Android 6.0.1 adds camera quick launch to Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9

Android 6.0.1 adds camera quick launch to Nexus 5, 6, 7, and 9
As you should have already seen, the rollout of Android 6.0.1 has begun and the factory images are available for download. It is no surprise that the update adds new emoji, since that info had been leaked before, but the other small changes and updates are still a bit of a mystery. One new feature for those using a Nexus 5, 6, 7, or 9 is a nice camera quick launch option.

It appears that just like with stock Android 6.0 on the new Nexus 5X and 6P, those old devices are getting the quick launch option to double-press the power button to jump straight into the camera at any time. In theory, this will make it faster to get to the camera, no matter what you're doing on your device, especially one-handed. Unfortunately, in practice, the gesture can be a bit finicky. Because it is tied to the power button, we've found on the Nexus 6P that the camera may launch, but then the device will go to sleep, or the device will go to sleep without launching the camera at all. And, if you have extra security on your lockscreen, there can be weirdness there where it asks you to unlock when you should just go straight into the camera.

Those missteps are admittedly not the norm, but Google does still have a few kinks to work out, and the gesture doesn't work quite as well as the Motorola double-twist gesture. Still, a nice update for a bunch of devices!

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7 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll take Shake to Open gesture over this. Google has proven that features they borrow from the Moro X tend to be half-baked and poorly implemented. Aka Ambient Display.

2. JocularJ

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Over both Google's solution and Motorola's, I prefer what I have on my Note5 .. Double tap the home button to quick launch the camera from anywhere

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yeah, but I don't prefer the aggressive RAM management or the bar of soap design.

6. buccob

Posts: 2945; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And over those too I prefer to have a dedicated 2 stage camera button.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Surprise! you actually say something that make sense.

7. ullokey

Posts: 172; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Do you realise all of Moto X features were implemented durin Motorola's stint under Google?

5. buccob

Posts: 2945; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Best for Quick Launch is to have a dedicated Camera button... which in turn can also be mapped for something else (even gaming)

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